Saturday, August 1, 2015

Special Olympics World Games Closing Ceremony

Photo Credit: David Crane via LA2015

Today (August 1) marks the close of competition, followed by the Closing Ceremony tomorrow (August 2) of the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.  If you haven't seen the Games yet this week, visit one of the many LA venues today: http://www.la2015.org/schedule.

The Special Olympics World Games are about more than competition and athletics.  The Games are about the Healthy Athletes program, which offers more than 1.4 million free health clinics in 100+ countries, including free healthcare during the Games in seven areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision), and Special Smiles (dentistry).  The Games are about the Motor Activity Training Program designed for athletes unable to participate in the larger Games.  The Games are about bringing together people from all over the world to play, to challenge, to unify.

Watch the inspiring video below, Beyond Sports: How Special Olympics Changes Lives, in order to learn more about why these Games and the entire Special Olympics organization are so important.

How do you describe Special Olympics? Life changing. Awesome. Fantastic. Family.  We have world-class athletes competing in the Special Olympics, but we also coach life. Athletes in the Special Olympics are twice as likely to be employed, and to have active social lives. Come join our family, as an athlete, as a volunteer, as a mentor - it'll make you a better YOU.


On Sunday, visit the Special Olympics World Games Closing Ceremony held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  Per the program: "The final festivities of the Games will pay tribute to the athletes, families, coaches, volunteers and supporters who have come together for a successful and inspirational event. World-class entertainers and celebrities will headline the celebration."  As of today, a limited number of free Closing Ceremony tickets are still available, so stop by either of the Closing Ceremony ticket booths at the USC or UCLA festivals to pick up your general admission tickets.  The World Is Coming.  Are You?

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